When Corrugated Supplies Company was searching for a location to help the manufacturer efficiently service its many customers in the northeastern U.S., it found the perfect site in Greater Hazleton’s Humboldt Industrial Park.
As the largest independent sheet feeder in the country, Corrugated Supplies Company has customers located across a 400-mile service area in the northeastern United States. The company recently signed a lease with CBRE Global Investors to occupy 220,000 square feet of a brand new 440,504 square-foot multi-tenant industrial facility in the Humboldt East section of the park.
Russell Williams, facility manager for Corrugated Supplies Company’s Humboldt location, said the facility is perfect for the company’s seventh U.S. location. “It’s a newly-constructed building that is located right next to Interstate 81 so it’s very convenient for us. We have several customers in this area and this new location will allow us to service them better,” Williams said.
Corrugated Supplies Company, which manufactures corrugated sheets, color sheets and fanfolds, started hiring for the new facility just a few months ago and Williams said the company is already taking advantage of the quality workforce that Greater Hazleton offers.
“Corrugated Supplies is committed to attracting, developing and retaining dedicated, talented and hardworking people whose values align with ours. So far, our search in the Hazleton area has been very good. When we get fully operational, we will employ 50 people. Right now, we’re looking to fill production technician positions and anticipate being up and running by Thanksgiving.”
Developer Trammell Crow Company constructed the facility on speculation. Andrew Mele, managing director in Trammel Crow’s Northeast Metro Division, said the company’s ability to lease the building shortly after completing construction justifies its assessment of the benefits to constructing a facility in the Humboldt Industrial Park.
“Humboldt Industrial Park is one of the largest and best-known industrial parks in Pennsylvania. The park has great access to I-81 and I-80 and tenants can reach every major northeast city within a five-and-a-half-hour drive. Humboldt is characterized by great amenities, a pro-business environment and a high-profile tenant base. It’s history, access to transportation and the availability of a quality labor pool makes it a no brainer location for a project like ours.”
In addition to the proximity to major interstate highways and the available workforce, Mele cited the building’s access to rail and utilities as some of the key benefits for the space.
“Another unique amenity is reliable rail service in the park. Corrugated Supplies Company is a rail user that will take advantage of this great amenity. Lastly, the project has the benefit of robust utility services – gas, electric, water and sewer – that is unlike most projects in Pennsylvania,” he said.
Trammell Crow has a long-standing relationship with CAN DO. Mele said working with the economic development organization on this latest project was another “excellent” experience.
“I really can’t say enough about how great it is to work with CAN DO. They are professional, knowledgeable and responsive. The support of the CAN DO team, and in particular Joe Lettiere, was crucial in the success of the project,” Mele said.